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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Chillis, Oct 14, 2015.
Nice to see you riding.
That wasn't a ride though. Barely a warm up.
Today is a ride. Left around 9am and headed to Escalante by way of Hurricane and Kanab. Managed to miss every monsoon thunderstorm but blew up my battery when I got to Escalante. The thing swelled and then toast.
Before I knew the battery was toast there was a nice gentleman who mentioned he has a motorcycle shop a half mile from the gas station. Went to start the bike and the battery had no juice.
The "Desert Doctor" came to the rescue with a jump and of all things he had a replacement battery! After getting the battery charged and swapped I bought him dinner.
Still on the way back now. In Hurricane at the moment.
Thought I had lost my distance riding ability since it has been a while but I still have it! All in should be about 750 miles.
Hope you made it home ok!
Glad to see you had a "cure" for the mishap with the bike. You met a legend! I've seen a few write ups about 'The Doctor' before, hope you got some pics of his set up. Of all places for you to have bike issues, and this guy just happens have to have what you need.
Hope all is well now and your back home safe and sound, can't wait to see the whole ride report on this one. Highway 12 is one of America's best roads!
The Doctor was something else. Very nice guy and does one heck of a job for those that get stranded out here in the west. What are the chances this guy would be pumping gas next to me and gave me a card and said stop by. Minutes later my battery is toast and I called him up and boom! In his shop, drinking a Budweiser while he gets the battery charged and installed.
It's been years since I have been up through that part of the 12. I remember it was awesome but forgot that it was really awesome.
The battery set me back on my schedule and taking "The Doctor" to dinner so I rode the good stuff on 12 towards Boulder and turned around.
Got home at 4am.
The scenic pictures were taken shortly before I stopped for fuel in Escalante and found out my battery had overeaten and it was bursting at the seams.
The battery was fine at the photo op above.
Got jarred one too many times and broke inside?
Too much heat from the oil tank the battery sits next to?
I have come to the conclusion that I need to make modifications to the Roadliner or get a new bike. It isn't a good mile muncher for me due to the seating position. If I had a standard riding position I could blast off 1000 mile days with ease.
Going to try a taller flatter seat first. Still don't want a windshield.
I had lofty ambitions yesterday, lugging a drone, my DSLR, spare batteries, etc. with the hopes of getting some nice footage.
Wasn't meant to be. Storms were all around so the wind was too much to fly the drone. The camera stayed out because I didn't get out of Escalante fast enough.
The return trip I went through Zion at 1:00am. That is the quietest I have ever seen the place. Had the whole road to myself and the tunnel.
The ride back was tough and I got to see 4 live skunks. I have never seen a live one in the wild. Almost hit 3!
Plenty of deer which seem to respect the 'liner. Not a single one jumped out.
I only ride my Burgman scooters for long distance rides because of the ease and multiple sitting positions. I loose some of the thrill of riding a real motorcycle but really can spend hours riding and going places. My BMW buddies start dying each hour because of the seat. So they spend $500 and get a 'better' seat and extend their riding to 1.5 hrs. I just laugh at these guys.
I am too old and fat to give a hoot about what other riders think of my choice.
Can't believe it's been too long since updating here. I post mostly in the Tenere threads at the moment but I will post here since I am not on a Tenere at the moment.
In Japan, took a Ninja 400 out yesterday.
Today is something more comfortable, a Suzuki Gemma 250.
Will continue to update as I tool around. Wish the shop had more models to choose from. May take a Honda CB400SS tomorrow.
This shrine rates up there with the coolest things I have ever seen. There are all sorts of historical temples, shrines, this' and that's but something about this one strikes a chord.
Going to ask my wife what proper protocol is and then go back and see it again.
Ok, now the big dam. I rode up to the top and across. Not sure if I was supposed to do so. A security guy was there in a car but minded me little being there.
No stopping on the dam though so I just drove across and came over to the side where the little clip was done.
The bigger part of the experience for me was seeing 2 monkeys just outside the guardrail on the way up. I see wildlife all of the time while on the road for work and play back home.
But seeing two monkeys get me startled and then it was exciting to see animals you've only ever seen on TV or unfortunately in a zoo.
And the switch to the Honda CB400SS. I like this one the best. Runs super smooth and other than some plastic vibrations/buzzing, it has a beautiful styling and the 400cc 4 cylinder really likes the rpm.
One thing to note is it does have VTEC. Once you get to 6,000rpm all 4 valves are in use and it starts zinging. Feels sort of like turbo kicking in.
Drool!!! The CB400SB is one of my dream bikes! The fact that you have the Bol d'Or edition makes it even more special in my opinion. It's the perfect bike. You are one lucky guy!
Now if I could find a helmet that isn't round interior shaped! Head is killing me.
I'd like to put some mileage on this one.
Day 3 on the motorcycle in Japan.
Got some more good mountain road riding in and also made my may to a lake that I did not take pictures of.
There is so much to see that is different. The sleepy little mountain town's were only the elders are around, still farming, while the younger folk have all run off to the cities.
It is sad seeing these beautiful places dying just like the few folks that still live there.
It would be best having a helmet cam to catch as much as possible while riding through.
Day 4 on the motorcycle is going to begin. My ride is this:
The highlight of the trip so far was running into this group of younger motorcyclists. 2 young ladies and a young man. The tallest was the girl with the cat eared helmet and she rode the CBR250RR. A bike we do not get in the states. The other girl rode a Ninja 250 and the young man was on a Grom.
The one on the CBR250RR spoke some English so I talked with them for a bit and then took a pic with them before parting ways.